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Cosy Riverfront End Slate Miners Cottage, Tanygrisiau, Ffestiniog , Snowdonia

Bedrooms 2
Space 419 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Pet Friendly, Multi Fuel Burner, Cosy, Quirky, Sweet, Romantic, Pretty, Welcome

Relax to the bubbling sounds of the Barlwyd River to the front of this pretty end 1854 Slate Miners Cottage. Watch the steam train pass to the rear of the cottage and mountain stream to the side.

A charming cosy riverside cottage located in the picturesque village of Tanygrisiau which is famous for its slate mining. In the heart of Snowdonia, in an area that offers some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in Wales.

The cottage provides a lovely open plan living space whilst preserving its original character, features including exposed stonework, wood panelling, beams and fireplace. It is situated overlooking the river on the very edge of the village in a very quiet location with little passing traffic, with lovely views of the dramatic Moelwyn mountains.

The sweet little cottage is in a very central location for exploring some of the most dramatic scenery within Snowdonia, at the same time being just a short drive from the coast and some of the most beautiful beaches of North Wales.

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Lisa Swindells
Member since: 2017
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2018

About Lisa Swindells

We bought the Old Slate miners Cottage in July 2015.

We have always loved this part of Wales so decided to buy a property which we could use as a base to explore the area and return as often as possible.

We take great delight in sharing our cottage with guests so others can enjoy this beautiful part of unexplored North Wales.

My partner is a roofer and I’m a dog walker and we are from Warrington in Cheshire.

We hope you love it as much as we do!

Lisa Swindells purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Lisa Swindells chose Betws-y-Coed

Location, Location, Location!

We love and adore our 1854 slate miner’s cottage for its original features and charm.

It’s pretty, sweet and comfy, with a cosy relaxed atmosphere.

It has the river to the front and mountain and steam train to the back.

Within walking distance to the town.

Great base to explore wonderful North Wales!

What makes this cottage unique

River to the front of the cottage and mountains at the back, mountain stream to the side. With the steam train passing to the back of the cottage. Totally stunning sweet cottage.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Betws-y-Coed in Wales

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 419 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • • Take shoes off in the house • No smoking • No candles ect • No putting items on or near the storage heaters or log burner
  • • No dogs allowed upstairs • Dog owners to clean up any dog mess from the garden • Open bathroom window when showering
  • • Empty all bins (bins at the end of the block) Green – house hold / Trolley – recyclable waste • Only dry logs & coal to be put in the log burner
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Lift
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet, Sink & Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed , Single, drawers and coat hooks
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Double bed, Tv & freeview box, drawers and coat hooks
  • Bedroom 1 - Main Bedroom - River to the front Bedroom 2 - Small back Bedroom - Mountain Views and Steam Train Passing
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Walking there are unlimited forest, river, lake and mountain walks to suit people of all abilities, which start from the door. And Snowdon the highest mountain in Wales. Tree Tops Adventure - Set in 120 acres near Betws y Coed guests can enjoy a Junior Tree Trail, a New Sky Ride Swing and a High Ropes Adventure Course Cycling/Mountain Biking @ Antur Stiniog extreme mountain biking centre (just up the road) Horse Riding @ Porthmadog Activity & Riding Centre Water-sports - Canoeing at Betws y Coed. - Kayaking and canoeing including challenging white water can be experienced from Plas y Brenin. Kayaking also available at Llyn Gwynant. Alpine Roller Coaster @ Betws - Weave, dart and speed through the trees Golf @ 9 Hole Parkland Golf Course Golf available at Betws y Coed Golf Club. Also 18 hole golf and Royal David & Porthmadog Fishing available from Betws y Coed Anglers Club for Trout/ Salmon fishing on a day tickets available & Eisteddfa Uchaf Criccieth for Coarse/Trout Fishing


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Cosy Riverfront End Slate Miners Cottage, Tanygrisiau, Ffestiniog , Snowdonia
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

Lovely cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We used the cottage as our base to explore NW Wales. Lovely cosy cottage in a lovely village but close enough to main roads to get about. It was warm, clean and has all you are likely to need. We really enjoyed our 4 nights here and loved N Wales.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks James. Hope you come again soon
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Nice cosy propert with comfortable bed. Well equipped kitchen all the facilities we needed

  • 4 of 5

Despite the terrible weather on 1st 2 days we were there we enjoyed our stay. Unfortunately due to the weather we had to miss our planned climb of snowden. But, this is north wales of course. Beautiful area and we found the locals very friendly and helpful. It would have been nice to have had a pub in the village which did decent food , in that case we would have eaten out a couple of times . Caernarfon is a lovely town with a great castle . We also had a great walk followed by a swim on the tip of the peninsula just below Caernarfon.

Only slight downside re the specific property is when we first arrived we were unable to find parking within couple of hundred yards of the cottage which means we had to wheel our bags that distance up the road in the rain. But thereafter was fine , so I think must have been unlucky. Overall though really nice little cottage in lovely area

One thing I would like to ask is how our refundable breakage deposit is refunded , as we do not appear to have received info on this. Could you please let me know .. thanks

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A very pleasant little cottage, ideal for two or perhaps a couple with a child. Fairly steep stairs.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our one week break here. The cottage is nicely renovated (unlike some of the adjacent properties), and had everything we needed. The log burner was a little difficult to keep in but otherwise we had no problems.

The stairs may be rather steep for aging folk or people with mobility problems. Rather too much furniture that didn’t serve much purpose made it feel a bit cluttered.

Super walks on the doorstep for active folk - and the scenery is just stunning.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great base for exploring Snowdonia

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is beautifully decorated and comfortable with everything we needed for a short stay. We loved the little river and seeing the steam train go by. The location is great for exploring Snowdonia.

  • Review Submitted: 23-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely cottage, very tastefully furnished

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our stay, the cottage was small but beautifully furnished with everything you would need. Good base for exploring different areas, but did not like the pubs in the village.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5

A lovely cottage in a lovely area. Clean, cosy and in a fantastic location. Everything is provided. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you very much for your kind review. Hope you come back soon!
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Nearest Airport
89.7 Miles
Liverpool John Lennon
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
The Kings Head (Pub)
Nearest Ferry
54.6 Miles
Hollyhead, Anglesea
Nearest Golf
11.9 Miles
Betws Y Coed
Nearest Train
0.7 Miles
Blaenau Ffestiniog
Nearest Motorway
30.5 Miles
A55 (The North Wales Expressway)
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
The Lakeside Cafe
Nearest Ski
30.8 Miles
Llandudno Ski & Snowboard Centre
Nearest Beach
10.3 Miles
Car: not necessary

This is a great base for travelling North Wales

Walk up to Stwlan Dam

Walk down the road till you come to the closed post office to your left and School straight ahead. You will see to your right the train bridge, follow the road up and up till you reach the metal gate. Passing the waterfalls, keep walking till you get to the lake.

Stop and have a bite to eat after, at Lakeside café down the road!

Just up the road in the town @

Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Deep Mine Tour

Quarry 4x4 Explorer

Zip World

Bounce Below. Good to do on rainy days

Just up the road in the Town you can ride the steam train, from mountains to the seashore (Ffestiniog to Porthmadog).

Visit Beddgelert

Stop and have a bite to eat:-

Hebog Cafe & Bistro (BOOK 1ST)

Visit Llanberis

The drive down is stunning. Visit for free and see the old Miners Cottage like ours @ National Slate Museum.

Stop off for a bite to eat and learn histroy @ The Ugly House in Capel Curig.

Visit the pretty seaside resort of Barmouth.

Watch a Film @ Cellb - Blaenau Ffestiniog Cinema. Just off the High Street in the town, which is just up the road.

Picnic @ Fairy Glen, LL24 0HF (amazing view of river and waterfall, secluded beutiful gorge.

Blue Lake (Lagoon in the old Goleuwern Slate Quarry) Fairbourne, LL40 1YA

Underground adventurous caving challenges @ Go Below Underground Tours (just down the road at the Lakeside Café)

Learn survival skills @ Bear Grylls Wild Camp Survival @ Criccieth (Also on site paintballing and segway)

Visit Llangollen

But go via Ysbyty Ifan National Trust Estate (out of this world drive)

Visit pretty Betws-y-Coed.

Visit pretty Portmeirion.

Visit the Blackrock Llamas, Morfa Bychan

1.5 hour trek (weather dependable)

Don’t forget to pop to Blackrock beach

Coastal walk Porthmadog to Black Rock Sands.

Start from Madoc Yacht Club in Porthmadog Harbour, follow the coastal path to see stunning beaches. (Borth y Gest, Morfa Bychan,Black Rock Sands)

Stop off for a bite to eat @ The Moorings Bistro in Borth

Visit the seaside resort of Nefyn

Stop off for a drink at the Ty Coch Inn, Morfa Nefyn, LL53 6DB. The Ty Coch Inn is arguably the best pub in Wales and OFFICIALLY in the top ten beach bars in the world... according to a recent survey!

Beaches – Blackrock Sands, Borth y Gest, Barmouth

Award Winning Llandudno Blue Flag Beaches with Victorian Pier and Prommenade.

Other popular attractions include Swallow Falls, the longest Zip Wire Ride in Europe at Bethesda, the famous Bodnant Gardens, Trefriw Woolen Mills, Conwy Castle, Llanberis Mountain Railway, the Slate Museum and both Caernarfon and Conwy Castles are also popular destinations.

Porthmadog - There are nice cafes and some interesting shops too. Spot the children sat on the harbour wall enjoying that traditional pass time of crabbing.

Shops - The Town has a Co-op, McColls and Spar (with a subway)

There is a Tesco superstore in Porthmadog and Aldi and Lidl.

Portmerion - Take a short drive to the Italian style village, the set for 1960s TV show 'The Prisoner'

Harlech is a short drive away with its historic castle and beautiful views of the bay. We are sure you will find your own treasured places in Snowdonia but hope these places we have discovered will be a starting point.

Plenty to do, you could never be bored!

Any other things to do can be found on this website.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £45
Pet Fee £20
Refundable Damage Deposit £80

• Take shoes off in the house
• No smoking (smoke away from the closed windows & doors)
• No candles, burners ect
• Always open bathroom window when showering
• Only small dry logs & coal to be put in the multi burner**please purchasing your own logs and coal**
• No putting items on or near the storage heaters or log burner
• No dogs allowed upstairs
• Dog owners to clean up any dog mess from the garden
• Do not leave dogs unattended in the cottage
• Close all windows and doors
We recommend that you take out enough travel insurance to cover you for your total stay.
You are responsible for any losses or expenses arising out of your failure to take out proper insurance cover.

We regret we are unable to accept bookings from groups of people under the age of 21.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE- You can arrive at your property at any time after 4pm (unless we tell you otherwise) on the start date.

You and all members of your party agree to keep the property clean and tidy, to leave the property in a similar condition as you found it when you arrived, and to behave in a way while at the property which does not break any law.

MAXIMUM OCUPANCY - You also must not allow more people than states (3 persons) to stay overnight in the property
The owner can refuse to allow you into the property or ask you to leave if they reasonably believe any members of your party (or any other person you have invited to the property) are behaving illegally or antisocially or that any damage is likely to be caused,

You will be responsible to the owner for all damage or breakages caused by your party to the property or its contents (including the cost of any work needed to put this right).

We will not be legally responsible for any injury, illness, or death or resulting losses suffered by any member of your party.

You must allow the owner/workmen access to the property if a problem needs sorting

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.